If you don’t like the weather today, that’s okay. There’s a good chance tomorrow will be very different. Last Monday we experienced an overcast, damp cold type of day. Tuesday we received 3-4″ of wet snow. Wednesday we saw a high in the 30’s with high temperatures topping out in the mid 60’s over the weekend. Crazy! Sounds like we are in for some good ole South Dakota wind today and Tuesday. There is a wind advisory for our area with predictions of gusts up to 70 mph.
I made a run to North Dakota border town last Monday. My friend Kari R and her youngest son rode along with me. Kari and I were long over due for a good visit and it was fun to have company to run errands with. In addition, I came home with a clean bill of health!
We ran the cows through the chute on Wednesday morning. They got their pre-calving shot and poured.
Thursday and Friday J and I filled our days with chores, odd tasks and house work.
Calving heifers before the cows gives us a chance to gradually work our way into the busyness of calving season. The First Calf Heifers require a lot of babysitting, but we don’t get a huge run of calves on any one day. It feels like J and I are still trying to adjust to “night work.” J operates on less sleep better than I do. At the same time, he can find rest in his easy chair and quickly fall back asleep after the 2 am check. I do pretty good if I stay busy or catch a 20-30 minute nap after dinner. I’m the 5 am girl who gets up and stays up. I will admit we both took advantage of a Sunday afternoon nap.
Friday afternoon-night was our biggest calf drop thus far, four babies! With today’s weather change, I hope we see another drop of several calves.
Saturday evening we had Kari R and her family over for supper. J made a brisket on the Big Green Egg. Kari and I filled it with three different types of salad, veggies, beer bread and Homemade Chocolate Zinger Cake. We had a good visit and the food was awesome.
I must share a few books I’ve enjoyed. I read the first two books in the Midwife Series by Jodi Daynard. These are historical fiction novels set during the American Revolution. The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country. Each book tells the story of a strong young women. The books overlap a bit and it’s interesting to see how the author had the two main characters tell of the same events from each of their experiences.
I am currently reading In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen. This World War II account is told from the view of an aristocratic family in England. The body of a soldier, who’s parachute failed, was found on the grounds of Lord Westerham’s estate. Who is this soldier? Is he a German Spy? The interweaving of character friendships before war, their jobs during the war and the mystery of the parachute soldier makes for a good read.
All in all J and I had a good week. If the weather didn’t keep us on our toes we would not have much to talk about. The heifers are keeping us a little lack of sleep, but healthy calves jumping and bucking makes us smile! With brisket leftovers and rich chocolate cake we shall survive.